Happy Mother’s Day – Homeopathic first aid that every mother should have in her diaper bag … or soccer bag … or gym bag
As our children grow from babies to toddlers to teens, our bags may change, but our function as the go-to person for scrapes and spills seems never to change.
If someone in your family has an accident or injury, your first responsibility is to apply the proper first-aid measures and to get medical help if necessary. However, homeopathic treatment can complement the standard first aid measures and help to reduce pain and speed healing. Even for injuries which require medical care, homeopathic remedies can be used once an injured person’s condition is stable.
The first remedy every mother should have on hand is Arnica. Arnica is used first in all injury, for shock, pain, swelling and bleeding. Symptoms include soreness and bruised feeling, shock (person may insist they are fine when obviously they are not), soreness from over-exertion. It is used in early sprains to prevent bruising and minimize swelling.
Hypericum is useful for any severe blows to the head or spine (after first giving Arnica). It is useful for injuries to nerve endings – crushed fingertips, tailbone injuries. In tincture (liquid) form it is used to clean animal or human bites, or open burns. Characteristic symptoms include shooting pains, worse from touch, cold, dampness, fog. Better from bending head back.
The third remedy to have on hand is Apis. It can be helpful for bee stings (sometimes Ledum is indicated for bee stings also), hives, jelly fish stings, stinging nettle rash. Symptoms include swelling, itching, redness, pains stinging and burning, puffy swelling and thirstlessness. The pains are better from cold application and open air, worse from heat, touch and pressure.
Arnica, Hypericum and Apis would be my top 3 first aid remedies to carry in my bag, but I also recommend Traumeel gel, which is a gel which contains homeopathic remedies such as Arnica, Hypericum and other first aid remedies. It is useful for blows, bruises and sprains, but not for broken skin.
Homeopathic remedies and Traumeel gel are sold in health food stores and in the health food section of most grocery stores. I do not sell individual remedies, but do carry Traumeel gel and Helios Basic 18 remedy kits, which come with a small book which covers the basics of acute and first aid prescribing.
Some important notes about potency and dosage
Homeopathic remedies come in various strengths (called potencies), from 6C to 50M. Unless you are an experienced prescriber, I suggest you use a potency no higher than 30C.
The number of doses of a remedy given depend on the potency you have chosen and the degree of seriousness of the injury. Note – one dose is considered to be one pellet dissolved under the tongue. It is not necessary to take more than one pellet per dose. For babies and small children (or anyone who might inhale the pellet), you can put the pellet in water and put 1 tsp in the person’s mouth.
For a very serious injury (such as a head injury, second or third-degree burns), you might give one dose every 5 to 30 minutes initially.
If the person’s condition begins to improve, do not give any further doses of the remedy. Start giving the remedy again only if the symptoms begin to relapse or there is no further improvement. If you have given several doses of a remedy and there is no improvement on any level, stop giving the remedy and re-evaluate the symptoms or seek help from your homeopath.
When should I consult a professional homeopath?
If you have tried a few different remedies and the injury is worsening, or if you have recurring injuries (such as repeated strains or sprains) you might want to consult a professional homeopath. With recurring injuries, there may be an underlying susceptibility which can best be treated professionally.